2017 Oregon Coast Jazz Party

13th annual event is set for September 30 to October 2, 2016.

Oregon Coast Jazz Party logo 2014

Save the dates: October 5-7, 2018 marks the 15th annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party! Oregon Coast Council for the Arts celebrates 15 years with the party, which is held at the Newport Performing Arts Center in Newport. "Honoring Women in Jazz" is the theme of this year's event, to mark its 15th anniversary.

The Oregon Coast Jazz Party celebrates great live jazz – and the dedicated fans who love it – in the beautiful town of Newport, on the central Oregon coast. Expect multiple sets from renowned jazz stars, nightcap performances, and educational events during your stay.

Hofmann's roster includes the amazing jazz violinist Regina Carter's Quartet, alto sax star Grace Kelly's Quartet, and guitarist Mimi Fox's renowned San Francisco String Trio; as well as Tanya Darby on trumpet, vocalist Sinne Eeg, Yve Evans on piano and vocals, Kerry Politzer's Bossa PDX, and pianist Helen Sung. The South Eugene High School Dorians vocal jazz ensemble will also appear at the event this year, with Evans at the piano.

Twitter _logoFacebook _logoOCCA is the founding organizational sponsor of the event, and partners with local businesses and more than 60 volunteers in its production.

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    • Grace Kelly Quartet

      This young Korean American saxophonist, singer, songwriter, composer and educator has headlined over 700 sets in over 30 countries at all major jazz festivals, from Montreux to Newport to Montreal.

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    • Holly Hofmann

      Holly Hofmann has taken the flute from its middle-of-the-orchestra origins and made it a front-line instrument in jazz. She has earned the praise and respect of musicians and jazz aficionados for her bluesy, bebop-based improvisations and technical prowess. Holly has also been this party’s music director since 2007.

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    • Helen Sung

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    • Kerry Politzer's Bossa PDX

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    • Mike Wofford

      Having appeared on over 100 recordings as a sideman, Mike Wofford is known for his elegant and unique harmonic approach to jazz piano.

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    • Mimi Fox's San Francisco String Trio

      Whether delivering jaw-dropping solo sets, performing dazzling duets with sympathetic partners, or leading a hard-charging combo, Mimi Fox is a consummate improviser.

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    • Regina Carter Quartet

      Violinist Regina Carter is a highly original soloist whose sophisticated technique and rich, lush tone took the jazz world by pleasant surprise when she arrived in New York from her native Detroit. She’s joined by pianist Xavier Davis, bassist Chris Lightcap, and drummer Alvester Garnett.

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    • South Eugene High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble

      Known as the Dorians Jazz Choir, this group of 16 to 20 advanced high school vocalists performs jazz genres including swing, bebop, Latin, ballads, funk and blues, amplified with a rhythm section. The choir is designed for students with advanced understanding of music theory and aural skills, under the direction of Chris Dobson.

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    • Sinne Eeg

      Sinne Eeg's distinctive vocals and original compositions have earned her a loyal and rapidly growing fan base in her native country of Denmark and around the world.

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    • Tom Wakeling

      Tom Wakeling has put his bass to work in a 30-plus-year career on concert and nightclub stages and in recording studios. He’s a popular guest artist at a wide variety of jazz and educational festivals and workshops, including OCJP in Newport.

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